In article <MAILQUEUE-101.931011105143.568 at micro.uct.ac.za> ed at micro.uct.ac.za
>> > >Is it a possibility or a fact that all life will eventually
>>> Bacteria are the most evolved organisms because they've been evolving
>> for the longest time. ;-)
>>>Really? Hasn't everything been evolving for the same length of time?
>B-| And aren't bacteria actually the most primitive because they more
>closely resemble organisms present near the origin of life? B-)
>> Ed Rybicki, PhD
> (ed at micro.uct.ac.za)
> Dept Microbiology
Being a microbiologist, Ed, you don't really BELIEVE that bacteria are the most
primitive, do you? How could anything so "primitive" have evolved a myriad of
biosynthethic pathways equipping it to live in virtually ANY environment, from
frozen tundra to hot, sulfurous marine vents? I think primitive is a bad choice
of words. Compared to how man, a "highly evolved creature," has evolved to deal
with his environment, bacteria are at the pinnacle, wouldn't you say?